Billionaire Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump has been put on the spot for breaching the unwritten rule of public speaking – thou should not plagiarise another speaker’s verbal expression.
Mrs Trump took the centre stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday night, and now faces accusation of “blunting” Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech.
It was Melania’s first speech of the campaign and she had the help of a speechwriting team.
Below is the comparison between Mrs Obama and Mrs Trump’s speech that has many across the globe sizing up Mrs Trump:
Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008
“Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.
And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children – and all children in this nation – to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
Melania Trump’s speech in 2016
“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise.
“That you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow, because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
Commentators quickly took notice of similarities with Mrs Obama’s 2008 convention speech.
Melania’s speech, just like Michelle Obama’s, also spoke highly of her husband as a “compassionate” man who would “fight for the country”.
Mrs Trump’s speech attracted admiration from quotas at first – without aterisk for race or political inclination – but was quickly mocked on social media with online users placing the two verbal expressions together to underscore the sharp similarity.
The hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotessoon began to trend.